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This paper explores the relationship between entrepreneurship and the capability approach. In particular, taking into account the pillars of the institutional environment, the paper assesses whether entrepreneurship can act as an opportunity to facilitate upward adaptation of aspirations. Adopting a qualitative approach to research, the study is based on interviews with nascent and established women entrepreneurs of the Rapti Zone, in Midwest Nepal. While findings indicate that entrepreneurship aids upward adaptation, to fully address gaps in the literature and determine the relationship between entrepreneurship and the expansion of human capabilities, it is suggested that a longitudinal study would be particularly apposite